Mike Peters


Mother Goose & Grimm

Once upon a time, long ago (1984) and far away (sunny Florida), an award-winning editorial cartoonist (Mike Peters) created a hilariously funny comic strip (Mother Goose and Grimm) that features a rough and tumble bull terrier (Grimmy), his absentminded caretaker (Mother Goose) and their storybook friends (Snow White, Rapunzel, Pinocchio, Dracula, and many other folk and fairy tale heroes and heroines).

With an insatiable appetite for trash can cuisine, Grimmy has never met a cat he wouldn't torment or crossed a fire hydrant he hasn't sniffed. Grimmy lives with his slightly senile caretaker, Mother Goose, and Atilla, the cat he lives to irritate and harass.

Distributed daily and on Sundays by King Features Syndicate, Mother Goose and Grimm appears in more than 500 newspapers (across the land), boasts a readership of 100 million everyday and consistently ranks high in nationwide newspaper surveys.

Discover the capricious hilarity that lies within the panel walls of Mother Goose and Grimm today and have your readers laughing happily ever after.



Grimmy is everyone's dog, a canine character recognizable to dog owners around the world. He is a dog who believes that garbage cans are a personal invitation to a nine-course banquet, that the primary function of a car is to be chased, and that toilets are simply large, conveniently located porcelain water bowls. In short, GRIMMY IS A REAL DOG.

Grimmy is a bundle of energy barreling through life at 90 mph, no recharge necessary! He is an unstoppable, uncontrollable and irresistible prankster.

Nothing fazes Grimmy. He has a perpetual lust for life and enjoys virtually every indulgence that life has to offer: overeating, carousing, chasing after cars (mostly) and running everyone around him ragged.

Mother Goose

Mother Goose is a former Marine sergeant and a freelance writer, a combination of your mother and Clint Eastwood. She loves her soap operas, buys lottery tickets, bets on horses and plays pool like a shark. She is a thoroughly modern and lovable goose.

Mother Goose reminds us of the beloved, legendary storyteller of the same name....sorta. We find her at home in a large shoe. She used to rent it to an old lady who had lots of children. Times have been tough, so Mother Goose moved back in with her pet dog, Grimmy, and a few peculiar boarders.

For Mother Goose, life with Grimmy is hand-to-hand combat, with Grimmy generally having the upper hand. But you've got to admire her for hanging in there: Mother Goose is a real trooper.


If it slinks like a cat and panics like a cat, it must be a cat....and no cat is more cat-like than Attila. Never laid-back, somewhat innocent and naive, Attila plays Costello to Grimmy's Abbott. In fact, our lovable fur ball is nowhere as confident or curious as the average cat.

Cats are generally nervous around dogs, but Attila is hysterical around Grimmy. Grimmy, on the other hand, considers Attila to be his personal home entertainment center -- a constant source of exercise and amusement. Let's face it, Attila is Grimmy's ultimate squeak toy.


Mike Peters

Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation's most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a political and comic strip cartoonist. His favorite expression, “What a hoot!” certainly sums up his outlook on his life and work, which are inexorably entwined. Mike's warm, easygoing and zany demeanor is evidence that his personality matches his creative talents. As so eloquently phrased by a colleague -- Mike is the Peter Pan of the cartooning world; he's boyishly charming, good with a rapier and doesn't spend a lot of time on the ground. And he doesn't seem to want to grow up.”

Mike has been interested in cartooning, and particularly political cartooning, since childhood. Born on Oct. 9, 1943, Mike was educated in his birthplace of St. Louis, where he graduated from Christian Brothers College High School in 1961. In 1965, he was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington University and immediately began his career on the art staff of the Chicago Daily News. The following year, he began two years of service with the U.S. Army as an artist for the Seventh Psychological Operations Group in Okinawa. After Vietnam, his mentor, the renowned World War II artist Bill Mauldin, helped him find a cartooning position on the Dayton Daily News in 1969. That was the beginning. In 1972, his editorial cartoons became syndicated nationally. In 1981, Mike was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for journalism, and in 1984 the award-winning Mother Goose & Grimm comic strip was born -- all with the help of Marian, his wife, best friend and business partner of 35 years.

Mike's humor appeals to all age groups and all nationalities. His work is syndicated in newspapers worldwide and frequently appears in national publications and on national television. He has become familiar to thousands through his many appearances on shows such as Good Morning America, The Joan Rivers Show, The Today Show, Equal Time, MSNBC, CNNFN and C-SPAN. Peters is also a popular lecturer and makes appearances at editor and publisher conventions, on the college lecture circuit and before political groups. The University of Dayton awarded Mike with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree in 1998.

One of the most honored cartoonists of his generation, Mike was awarded the Overseas Press Club’s Thomas Nast Award for Best Cartoons on International Affairs in 2011. He also was awarded first place for editorial cartoons in the 2011 National Headliner Awards.

Mike's political cartoons, syndicated by King Features Syndicate, appear in more than 400 newspapers worldwide. His political work is featured frequently in such publications as Newsweek, Time, U.S. News and World Report and The New Republic, several of which have also featured him in articles about political cartoonists. Peters is particularly proud of his animated editorial cartoons, Peters Postscripts, which aired on NBC's Nightly News in 1981. It was the first time animated editorial cartoons appeared regularly on a prime-time network news program. Peters also has done a 14-part interview series, The World of Cartooning with Mike Peters for PBS.

Mother Goose & Grimm appears in more than 800 newspapers worldwide and consistently places in the top 10 most popular ratings. Licensees distribute Grimmy products all over the world, and the Grimmy TV show continues to air in several countries. Grimmy is also on the World Wide Web at www.grimmy.com, receiving over 5,000 visits a day. Mother Goose & Grimm is included in the Toon Lagoon theme park at Universal Studios that opened in July 1999.

When time allows, Mike's passion for storyboarding animation blossoms imaginative creations, such as Night of the Living Fred (1998) for Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks team.

Mike is on the Board of Trustees for the International Museum of Cartoon Art in Boca Raton, Fla., the Board of Advocates of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and is a member of the National Cartoonists Society. He is a member of the Defense Orientation Conference Association, a civilian group formed by the Defense Department which is dedicated to the understanding and studying of national security on an unclassified basis at all levels. He is also an Honorary Member of the American Association of Therapeutic Humor based in St. Louis.

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